The countdown to Christmas begins! One of our favorite holiday traditions is a visit to the Gaylord Opryland hotel to enjoy all the holiday fun and sights.
The 2020 debut of “A Country Christmas” is November 13th and you can enjoy all the festivities through January 3, 2021.
An Important Note: All tickets to the different activities and events must be purchased in advance, online. There is no box office on site this year.
Commitment to Clean
Like all things in 2020, Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas Experience is a little different than in years’ past. The activities are ticketed, based on time slots, to help ensure social distancing.
Face coverings (masks) are required in all public areas of the hotel. You can read more about the cleaning protocols and steps the Gaylord Opryland hotel has taken to keep both guests and employees safe from the spread of Covid-19.
Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas
This year’s offerings are even bigger and you can make a day out of your visit. See Santa, go ice skating, build a Gingerbread house and more!
The activities are in two main areas; the Pinetop Village area is outside in the courtyard of the convention center where you can experience “I love Christmas Movies.” Inside the hotel, you can see Santa, ride a special themed Delta Riverboat ride, see the magically decorated gardens and more. Read on to learn about each special holiday event and experience.
I Love Christmas Movies
This new walk through experience is fun for the whole family. Enter the sets of your favorite Christmas movies, with the expert guidance of your own personal “Production Assistant.”
Scenes you know and love from The Polar Express, Elf, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and The Year Without Santa Claus, have all been recreated for you to experience as if you were in the movie.
There are LOTS of opportunities for photos and fun!
Ride in a tube down a snow packed slide! Fun for kids of all ages (Parents – I’m talking to you!) the snow tubing experience provides a tube (in 3 sizes) and a chance to slide for unlimited rides.
Have smaller children? Ride down with them in a double tube. There are some height restrictions – must be 36″ to ride in a double tube with an adult, 42″ to ride solo in a small tube, and 60″ to ride a large tube, so be sure to measure before you go to be sure your child is tall enough.
Snow tubing opens for the season on November 13 and is available through January 3, 2021. Get all the prices and details HERE.
Enjoy a perfect day or evening under the stars by going on a yuletide glide at Gaylord Opryland’s 9,000 square-foot outdoor skating rink made with real ice.
The rink opens November 13 and will be available daily until January 3, 2021. Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult on the rink. Skate buddies will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Children 3 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Purchase tickets and see the rink’s opening times HERE.
Ice Skating Lessons
If you are novice or new skater, take a 30 minute private skating lesson on Opryland’s holiday rink. The lessons are provided by professional skaters and are available for all ages. Sign up for lessons in advance HERE.
Rockin’ Ice Skating Show
All new for 2020, the Rockin’ Christmas on Ice Skating show features professional skaters who will amaze you with lifts, spins, and tricks.
Ice Bumper Cars
Slide across the ice and collide into your friends and family in this fun new attraction.
See all kinds of fun entertainment on the Pinetop stage. It is a great place to sit, enjoy some music, and drink some hot cocoa with your family.
Reindeer Encounters and Holiday Photos
Also new for 2020, meet one of Santa’s magical reindeer. This experience also includes a special photo of your visit. Sit in a sleigh decorated for the holidays pulled by a live reindeer. You can see the sleigh below. The reindeer was resting when we visited (we previewed the attraction before it opened to the public), but I’m sure he will be up and ready for pictures for you and your family.
This is a great option for those that want a holiday photo, but want to safely social distance. Reindeer Encounters are very popular and many time slots are already sold out. Buy your tickets to ensure you get to visit these special animals this holiday season.
Activities inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel
The Gaylord Opryland is magically year round, but it shines during the holidays.
The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas in Tennessee Dinner Show
Spoil your family with a holiday feast prepared by Gaylord Opryland’s award winning Chefs and then enjoy a holiday concert with The Oak Ridge Boys and their band performing Christmas classics, new favorites and many of the timeless hits that shaped their legendary career.
Tickets are $39.99 for children (ages 4-11) and $99.99 for adults. Children 3 and under are free. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance online; there is no box office on site.
Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends
Eat a holiday breakfast with Charlie Brown and his friends! Enjoy a delicious breakfast with photos and visits with the Peanuts gang. $32.03 for adults and $16.01 for children. Children 3 and under are free with a paying adult. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Make your reservations and purchase tickets HERE.
Take your family on a scavenger hunt through the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and enjoy all the holiday decorations. A few years ago we searched for the bears from Build-A-Bear.
New for 2020, you can search throughout the hotel’s 9 acres of indoor gardens for Snoopy! Purchase a guide online and pick it up the Gingerbread Decorating Corner and venture through the hotel in search of decorations for Snoopy’s Dog House. The adventures begin on November 13 and continue through January 3, 2021.
Gingerbread Decorating Corner
This year, on the Delta Island, you can find the Gingerbread Decorating Corner. There are multiple options to decorate including both Gingerbread houses and Gingerbread people.
There is plenty of space for your family to spread out and decorate a kit on one of the many available tables. The best part? You get to be creative and you don’t have to clean up afterwards!
Buy a ticket and reserve a gingerbread house kit for your family to create when you visit!
Right around the corner from the Gingerbread Decorating Corner is a pop-up Build-a-Bear workshop. Create a new friend to take home!
The Delta fountain shows have been transformed to celebrate the season. Dancing fountains, along with lights and songs of the holidays, immerse you in Christmas spirit.
Photos with Santa
One of the challenges of 2020 is how to take photos with Santa while keeping both families and Santa safe. The creative set allows kids to visit with Santa and forget anything is different.
Make sure to make reservations online in advance to save a time and date to visit Santa.
Delta Riverboat Christmas Cruise
See the decorations in the Delta from a different vantage point. This festive cruise winds through the atrium along a quarter-mile-long river traveling through the 12 Days of A Country Christmas.
The cruise is especially magical at night. Tickets are available now.
See the lights on the grounds of the hotel from a private horse drawn carriage. Carriages are available for up to 6 people, and they do sell out. So, if this is an experience you want to include in your holiday festivities, be sure to book a time and date online early.
Located on the lawn outside the Magnolia entrance is a life-sized Nativity. It is lit up at night by thousands of white twinkling lights.
There is so much to do at Gaylord Opryland this holiday season. In addition to the events we have listed above there is also Reindeer Encounters, Delta flatboat rides, an outdoor nativity, carriage rides, Christmas fountain shows, and 3 MILLION CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!!! (That’s our favorite part!)
There is one huge downside to having so many great Christmas activities in one spot. Traffic. There’s just no way around it friends. Gaylord Opryland is located adjacent to one of the biggest shopping malls in Tennessee.
My best advice is this: try to go on a weekday. If you can’t, you can still enjoy a trip to Opryland but you have to be patient. Give yourself lots of extra time especially if you are attending an event at a specific time.
Enjoy the holidays at Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas”. It’s a Nashville tradition.